Genesis 6:9-13

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Genesis 6:9
  • Genesis 6:10
  • Genesis 6:11
  • Genesis 6:12
  • Genesis 6:13

Genesis is a book about many beginnings. The beginnings of the world, the human race, sin and redemption, and the nation of Israel to name a few. In fact, the word Genesis from the Greek means “origin,” and in Hebrew it means “beginning.” The book of Genesis contains the events of the flood, tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the lives of the Patriarchs.

In the beginning, God created everything by simply speaking, “God said…and it was so” (Genesis 1:6-7, 9, 11, 14-15). This is not a scientific technical account of creation, but it shows a loving God creating a universe and mankind to rule it and fellowship with God. Man was formed especially from the ground and given the breath of life from God. The woman was made from the man’s rib (Genesis 2:7).

After man fell into sin, things began to spin out of control quickly. Cain murdered his brother Abel and the human race became so violent that God decided to destroy them all with a flood. God saved one righteous man (Noah) and his family in an ark filled with animals to deliver the human race from extinction. God chose Abraham and blessed a special group of people named “Israel.” God began to unfold a plan of salvation from a coming famine by sending Joseph to rule in Egypt. The failure of man in every circumstance is met by the salvation of God. We fail, but the good news is God saves us.

Genesis chapter six covers the beginning of the famous flood story of Noah and the ark. During the time of Noah, the world had become a terrible place. The earth was filled with violence. Every thought and action was motivated by wicked intent. God’s kindness and warnings to mankind had not been successful, man chose to carry on in his evil ways. God sent His judgment in the form of a flood, wiping out wickedness from the earth. Only Noah (who was faithful and obedient to God) and his family were saved. In the flood story, we find divine judgment as well as God’s grace.

Noah was a righteous man. He had three sons; Shem, Ham, and Japheth. God told Noah He was about to destroy the world.

Noah was a righteous man, meaning he was just man and spiritually upright. He was honorable and full of integrity. Just like Enoch, Noah walked with God, meaning he was obedient and faithful to Him. Noah was delivered from the flood, and Enoch was delivered from physical death. God delivers those who walk with Him. Noah was also given three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. We are not told why Noah only has three children, and those coming between ages five hundred and six hundred. But it seems that child bearing was spaced much further apart during this era of human history.

God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. The wicked of the world sinned openly without shame, boldly without any fear of God. All mankind was marred and ruined. Men did what was right in their own eyes, but there is always a consequence for actions. The consequence for mankind becoming so corrupt was that God declared He would destroy from the face of the earth both man and beast. The flood was God’s judgment. God decided to destroy humanity and the earth as well.Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.” Because of the corruption and violence on the earth, and the extent of it, God would judge the wicked along with the earth.

The two great commandments Jesus will later say sums up the Law of God, to love God with all our heart and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, had both been shattered by humanity. Although the Law had not yet been given, God’s design of and for humanity reflects both. God intended for humanity to rule and reign over the earth in harmony with Him and with one another (Genesis 1:28; Psalm 8). But now the opposite has happened. And God is grieved. His design has been warped. But He will mark a new path, that begins with destruction. Rebellion against God results in division and, ultimately, violence. But God will judge the violence, working through those who seek and will follow His way.

Biblical Text

9 These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. 10 Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. 13 Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.

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